The Cockeyed Optimist

Writer at heart, subeditor by profession, procrastinator at large.
Looking at the world, one eye at a time.

Wasn’t that the definition of home? Not where you are from, but where you are wanted.

—Abraham Verghese, Cutting of the Stone (via wordsnquotes)

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shoutout to people working weekends and overnights and overtime, people working in hospitality and retail and food service, who are sacrificing time with their loved ones, so fuckers with weekday desk jobs get to live comfortably with the amenities we provide while simultaneously shitting all over us for not getting “real jobs”

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Yvette Nicole Brown Responds to the NY Times’s portrayal of Shonda Rhimes as an “Angry Black Woman”

I didn’t even see Yvette’s tweets..But yeah. This happened and Black twitter went in.

Black Twitter stay dragging the NYT. NYT STAYS posting slanderous shit about Black folks.

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Ok, so I totally vibe the premise and intention of Emma Watson’s UN speech about the HeForShe campaign (go sign up) and I completely understand its function in terms of getting men on board, but we must question why we are still at a point where men must be offered benefits specific to themselves in order to be enticed by gender equality.

Why must men constantly be reminded that their mothers, their wives and their daughters face the same injustices in order for them to care? Why do men have to realise that they themselves will gain freedom from gender-based expectations to listen?

Must men be ensured that they will benefit personally from gender equality for them to be interested in the concept?

Why is “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” not compelling enough to motivate men in and of itself?

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This Icelandic police force has the most adorable Instagram account 

Meet the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, serving the capital of Iceland. By the looks of their incredible Instagram account, a normal day includes holding kittens, eating candy and wearing false mustaches.

There’s more where those came from | Follow micdotcom

For the record the Icelandic police are probably the best police force in the world, There has only been one instance where an officer shot and killed a civilian in the entire history of the country (which is nearly a hundred years) and everyone was completely devastated by it, the police especially — because, as made clear in their statements after the incident, they understand their function is to protect the people. Not to mention that their general police go unarmed except for special squads.

Let’s run through some more facts while we’re on the subject: Compared to 31,000+ shooting deaths in the US in 2009, Iceland had… 4, because they have very rigorous screening processes for gun permits. There is very little economic disparity between upper, middle and lower classes, and social welfare programs take care of their people. Drug use affects less than 1% of the population between 15 and 65 years old, and 90% of drug-related court cases are settled with a fine rather than jail time. Violent crime is virtually non-existent. [x]

Iceland is like if you took the entire idea of chill and personified it as an country, and this exemplifies that. 

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